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“A Dog That Had a Lot of Stress in His Life”: Dog Trainer Massimo Perla on Dogman

Matteo Garrone’s Dogman, a deceptively simple story of a professional dogsitter’s attempt to achieve recognition among gangsters in a small Italian town, reminds me of the great “art-house” films I watched when I was a teenager: The Magician, La Strada, Bicycle Thief, Black Orpheus. A spare story grows and builds and pushes itself until it swells to the bursting point and then: suspension. Viewers are forced to meditate on what they have watched, as all of the mini-scenarios that have built it gain their own weight. Marcello (Marcello Fonte) is friends with Simoncino (Edoardo Pesce), a small-time crook; Marcello is […]
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“A Dog That Had a Lot of Stress in His Life”: Dog Trainer Massimo Perla on Dogman

Matteo Garrone’s Dogman, a deceptively simple story of a professional dogsitter’s attempt to achieve recognition among gangsters in a small Italian town, reminds me of the great “art-house” films I watched when I was a teenager: The Magician, La Strada, Bicycle Thief, Black Orpheus. A spare story grows and builds and pushes itself until it swells to the bursting point and then: suspension. Viewers are forced to meditate on what they have watched, as all of the mini-scenarios that have built it gain their own weight. Marcello (Marcello Fonte) is friends with Simoncino (Edoardo Pesce), a small-time crook; Marcello is […]
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‘Dogman’ Review: Revenge, Served Italian and Off the Leash

‘Dogman’ Review: Revenge, Served Italian and Off the Leash
The angry canine is bearing its teeth, barking loudly and ready to bite. Marcello (Marcello Fonte), however, isn’t the least bit phased. A dog groomer who plies his trade in a small beachside town in Southern Italy, he has the ability to calm the angriest of hounds; despite the quaint little storefront business he runs, he’s earned the nickname “Dogman.” Marcello’s loves his daughter (Alida Baldari Calabria), the scuba-diving trips they take off the coast and his weekly evening soccer games. For a little extra cash, he
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Dogman Movie Review

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Dogman Movie Review
Dogman Magnolia Pictures Reviewed for Shockya.com & BigAppleReviews.net by: Harvey Karten Director: Matteo Garrone Screenwriter: Ugo Chiti, Maurizio Raucci, Matteo Garrone, Massimo Gaudioso Cast: Marcello Fonte, Edoardo Pesce, Alida Baldari Calabria, Nunzia Schiano, Adamo Dionisi Screened at: Dolby 24, NYC, 4/2/19 Opens: April 12, 2019 “Dogman” is the movie that won the “Palm Dog Best […]

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Official Us Trailer for Matteo Garrone's Italian Mob Drama 'Dogman'

"Whatever he says, don't trust him." Magnolia Pictures has unveiled the official Us trailer for Dogman, the latest Italian drama from acclaimed filmmaker Matteo Garrone. This premiered at the Cannes Film Festival last year, where it won the Best Actor award. This gritty "urban western" from Italy tells a (true) story of a homicide committed by a coked-out dog groomer during the late 1980s. The story goes that this guy was just a gentle dog groomer before he got pushed into a much more violent world thanks to the local mobsters. The cast includes Marcello Fonte, Edoardo Pesce, Adamo Dionisi, Francesco Acquaroli, Gianluca Gobbi, Nunzia Schiano, and Alida Baldari Calabria. I saw this at Cannes and loved it, one of my favorite films of the fest (read my full review), and I recommend it - especially for dog lovers and/or fans of contemporary Italian cinema. Opening in Us theaters this April.
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‘Dogman’ Trailer: Matteo Garrone’s Italian Oscar Entry Hits Theaters In April

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Magnolia Pictures has released the first trailer for European Film Awards winner Dogman. The film, directed by Matteo Garrone, will be in theaters on April 12.

This comes after Dogman picked up two awards – European Costume Designer and European Hair and Make Up — at the European Film Awards, and Marcello Fonte won the Best Actor Award at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival. It was also chosen as Italy’s Foreign Language Oscar submission.

Fonte stars as Marcello, a gentle dog groomer who finds himself involved in a dangerous relationship with Simone (Edoardo Pesce), a former violent boxer who terrorizes the entire neighborhood. In an effort to reaffirm his dignity, Marcello must submit to an unexpected act of vengeance.

Garrone’s Archimede produced alongside Rai Cinema’s Paolo Del Brocco, Le Pacte’s Jean Labadie, and Recorded Picture Company’s Jeremy Thomas. Garrone’s previous credits include Gomorrah, Reality and Tale of Tales,
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Lff: ‘Dogman’ Review: Dir. Matteo Garrone (2018)

Dogman review: Thrilling Cannes upon its world premiere debut with a best actor award for lead Marcello Fonte, is this Italy-set crime drama with comedic beats from Gomorrah filmmaker Matteo Garrone. The plaudits are deserved in this wonderfully constructed and brilliantly staged feature, actually based on a true story from the 1980s.

Dogman review

Marcello is a small-business owner in a shoddy part of town where buildings are run down and people are seemingly scrapping around to make an honest buck. We open to see him scrubbing down a rather vicious-looking and acting canine in his shop. The dog is growling and worryingly fierce as Marcello goes about his business, but seems unperturbed about the dangerous nature of his task, the skilled ‘Dogman’ calming the animal down for a post-bath blow dry. Marcello’s business is moderately successful, but in order to fulfill his promises to take his young daughter Sofia on expensive scuba-diving holidays,
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2018 BFI London Film Festival Review – Dogman

Dogman, 2018.

Directed by Matteo Garrone.

Starring Marcello Fonte and Edoardo Pesce.

Synopsis:

Marcello, a small and gentle dog groomer, finds himself involved in a dangerous relationship of subjugation with Simone, a former violent boxer who terrorises the entire neighbourhood. In an effort to reaffirm his dignity, Marcello will submit to an unexpected act of vengeance.

The latest tragicomedy from writer-director Matteo Garrone (Gomorrah) may not be a refinement or an evolution of the filmmaker’s well-honed, darkly hilarious style, but thanks to a stonking performance from Marcello Fonte – who rightly won the Best Actor award at Cannes – Dogman is still another disarming offering from the singular talent.

Shy and retiring dog stylist Marcello (Fonte) lives for both his work and his darling daughter Alida (Alida Baldari Calabria), but his tranquil-ish existence comes crashing down when he falls in deep with brutal former boxer Simone (Edoardo Pesce). As the erratic Simone
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Foreign Language Heavyweight Italy Selects Matteo Garrone’s ‘Dogman’ As Oscar Hopeful

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Italy has chosen Matteo Garrone’s well-received Cannes drama Dogman as its Foreign Language Oscar hopeful.

Marcello Fonte stars as Marcello, a gentle dog groomer who finds himself involved in a dangerous relationship with Simone (Edoardo Pesce), a former violent boxer who terrorizes the entire neighbourhood. In an effort to reaffirm his dignity, Marcello must submit to an unexpected act of vengeance. Fonte won the Best Actor prize at Cannes.

Garrone’s Archimede produced alongside Rai Cinema’s Paolo Del Brocco, Le Pacte’s Jean Labadie, and Recorded Picture Company’s Jeremy Thomas. Magnolia has U.S. rights. Garrone’s previous credits include Gomorrah, Reality and Tale Of Tales, all of which played at Cannes.

Italy has been the most successful country in the Academy’s Foreign Language category, scoring 14 wins and 31 nominations. The country’s last nomination and win in the category came in 2013 with Paolo Sorrentino’s The Great Beauty.
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Matteo Garrone's 'Dogman' selected as Italy's foreign language Oscar submission

Matteo Garrone's 'Dogman' selected as Italy's foreign language Oscar submission
Drama won best actor for star Marcello Fonte in Cannes.

Dogman, Matteo Garrone’s urban western about a gentle-spirited dog groomer, has been chosen as Italy’s submissions for this year’s foreign language Oscar race.

The film premiered in Competition at Cannes Film Festival, where it won Best Actor for Marcello Fonte as well as the Palm Dog.

Fonte stars as Marcello, a gentle man who finds himself involved in a dangerous relationship with Simone (Edoardo Pesce), a former violent boxer who terrorizes the entire neighbourhood. In an effort to reaffirm his dignity, Marcello must submit to an unexpected act of vengeance.
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Oscars: Italy Selects 'Dogman' for Foreign-Language Category

Italy has chosen Matteo Garrone’s Dogman as its submission for the 2019 best foreign-language Oscar.

The film, which debuted in Cannes to rave reviews, is a modern fairy tale set in the Camorrah-ridden Castel Volturno outside Naples, about a friendly dog groomer (Marcello Fonte) who goes to hell and back after being lured into crime by village terror Simone (Edoardo Pesce).

Fonte picked up the best actor award in Cannes. The film subsequently swept Italy’s Silver Ribbon awards, winning best picture, best director, best producer (Garrone along with Paolo Del Brocco for Archimedes and Rai Cinema), best set design,...
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Poland picks Pawlikowski's Cannes title 'Cold War' as Oscar submission

Poland picks Pawlikowski's Cannes title 'Cold War' as Oscar submission
Screen’s regularly updated list of foreign language Oscar submissions.

Nominations for the 91st Academy Awards are not until Tuesday January 22, but the first submissions for best foreign-language film are now being announced.

Last year saw a record 92 submissions for the award, which were narrowed down to a shortlist of nine. This was cut to five nominees, with Sebastián Lelio’s transgender drama A Fantastic Woman ultimately taking home the gold statue.

Screen’s interview with Mark Johnson, chair of the Academy’s foreign-language film committee, explains the shortlisting process from submission to voting.

Submitted films must be released theatrically
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Magnolia Pictures snaps up Matteo Garrone’s 'Dogman'

Drama premiered in competition in Cannes.

Magnolia Pictures has acquired Us rights to Italian filmmaker Matteo Garrone’s Dogman following its world premiered in competition in Cannes.

Dogman is a true-crime revenge drama about a meek dog groomer who fights back against a local bully. Magnolia plans a 2019 theatrical release.

Marcello Fonte earned the best actor prize and the film also scooped up the Palm Dog for the canine cast.

The cast includes Edoardo Pesce, Nunzia Schiano and Alida Baldari Calabria.

“Matteo Garrone has fashioned another extremely compelling crime tale, a great companion piece to his Gomorrah,” said Magnolia president Eamonn Bowles.
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Magnolia Pictures Picks Up U.S. Rights to 'Dogman'

Magnolia Pictures has picked up U.S. rights to the Cannes award-winner Dogman.

Matteo Garrone directed the true-crime revenge drama about a meek dog groomer in an Italian suburb who fights back against his new antagonist — a former boxer prone to violence.

Marcello Fonte, Edoardo Pesce, Nunzia Schiano and Alida Baldari Calabria star in the pic. Dogman premiered earlier this year in competition at Cannes, where Fonte picked up the best actor prize, while the pic received the unofficial Palm Dog award.

Garrone produced the film under his Archimede banner, alongside Rai Cinema’s Paolo Del Brocco, Le Pacte’s Jean ...
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‘Dogman’ Directed by Matteo Garrone

Cannes ’18 Review by Peter BelsitoThis dark, violent Italian seaside poor area fable is about a seemingly hopeless victim who attempts to turn the table on his bully after years of subjugation.

It turns into a universal tale of suffering and lost dreams, largely thanks to the memorable central character created by Garrone and his co-writers, translated brilliantly onto the screen by actor-director Marcello Fonte.

Helped by the appeal of its setting, a godforsaken seaside resort that has become a year-round refuge for a community of losers, outcasts and those who can’t afford anything better. The contrast between a seaside town’s sun-and-fun aspirations and its degraded reality helps to turn an intimate drama into a reflection on the human condition.

Dog-lovers will respond too. The film’s hero, an everyman figure is mild-mannered Marcello, who runs a dog-grooming parlour and dog hotel in an unnamed seaside suburb.

Marcello’s
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Cannes ’18 Review: Both Winners and Losers: ‘Dogman’ and ‘Happy as Lazzaro’

Cannes ’18 Review: Both Winners and Losers: ‘Dogman’ and ‘Happy as Lazzaro’
Two Italian films, both winners in Cannes Competition, each deal with dogs (or wolves) and their beloved beauty in societies doomed to dishonoring men by the very men who created them.

Acclaimed by the audience in its premiere red carpet screening, Dogman by Matteo Garroni is less explicit than Gemorrah in its condemnation of men and their societies, but it allows the innocence of one man to lie unheeded even though it is the instrument of cleansing the village of its villain. Marcello Fonte, who won for Best Actor, has a loving innocence which is matched by that of Lazzaro played by Adriano Tardiolo.

In Alice Rohrwacher’s Best Screenplay winner, Happy as Lazzaro, the protagonist — whose never complaining devotion allows him always to be happy to do the bidding of the village — works “like a dog” for no recompense except for a pat on the head; he is redeemed
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amfAR Shines In Cannes For 25th Year

Stars came out in force last week to support amfAR's 25th annual amfAR Gala Cannes at the Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc in Antibes, France, during the Cannes International Film Festival.

Sting Performs At 25th annual amfAR Gala Cannes

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The event’s legendary live auction surpassed last year’s total with items like the Carine Roitfeld curated fashion show collection fetching as much $1.7 million; a Pierce Brosnan original painting, which sold for $1.4 million; a fully restored and upgraded 1964 S3 Bentley Convertible from Byrnes Motor Trust Restorations (Bmt), introduced by Heidi Klum and Benicio Del Toro, which sold for over $800,000; and a Joe Bradley painting which brought in nearly $1 million. Sculptures by Ai Wei Wei and Bernar Venet each received bids exceeding $500,000, and a McLaren Silver 570S Spider brought in $650,000. The black-tie event was presented by Bold Films and Chopard.

The unforgettable evening featured four spectacular performances by
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Matteo Garrone's 'Dogman' lands UK deal with Curzon (exclusive)

Matteo Garrone's 'Dogman' lands UK deal with Curzon (exclusive)
Film scores UK distribution after buzzy Cannes Competition premiere.

Dogman, the Matteo Garrone drama that had its premiere in competition at the recent Cannes Film Festival, has been picked up for UK distribution by Curzon.

Styled as an ‘urban western’, the film follows Marcello (played by Marcello Fonte), a gentle-spirited dog groomer, who finds himself involved in a dangerous relationship with Simone (Edoardo Pesce), a former violent boxer who terrorizes the entire neighbourhood. In an effort to reaffirm his dignity, Marcello must submit to an unexpected act of vengeance.

Fonte won the festival’s best actor prize this weekend.

The
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Cannes Film Review: ‘Dogman’

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Cannes Film Review: ‘Dogman’
Italy is a culture that pushes macho to the extreme (that’s essentially what the Mafia is), but Marcello (Marcello Fonte), the hero of Matteo Garrone’s “Dogman,” is one of those Italian men who’s so harmless he’s cuddly. Short and stooped, with an oblong head and droopy-lidded big eyes that look out at the world with pleading innocence, he’s like Michael Corleone reincarnated as a depressed puppy. Even Fredo could stomp this guy.

Marcello owns and runs a dog-grooming parlor along a ratty stretch of beach town in Southern Italy that’s so desolate it looks like a bomb hit it and left the buildings standing. You wonder how anyone could sustain a business there — but, in fact, there’s a little community, made up mostly of the men who work at the local trattoria and the cash-for-gold pawn shop next to Marcello’s canine parlor,
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Cannes Review: Matteo Garrone’s ‘Dogman’ is a Philosophically Bankrupt Spectacle of Violence

Matteo Garrone’s Dogman features many of the same themes and motifs as his 2002 film, The Embalmer. Its grisly narrative is again loosely based on real events drawn from the news, it is again set in a run-down coastal suburb in southern Italy, and it again focuses on the skewed power dynamics between two male characters, one tall and the other short. The metaphorical slant, however, is even more pronounced this time around. By depriving their David and Goliath story of geographical and chronological specificity – both setting and time period are kept purposely vague – Garrone and his co-writers, Ugo Chiti and Massimo Gaudisio, have also stripped the film of any genuine social relevance. The result is a philosophically bankrupt, if effectively constructed, spectacle of violence.

The two protagonists are Marcello (Marcello Fonte), a literal and figurative little man who owns a dog grooming salon, and Simone (Edoardo Pesce), a hulking
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